ECHOES OF HIS LOVE

James 1:22-25 New International Version (NIV)

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

ALL of us who have studied History or English have been taught Greek Mythology. The story of Narcissus and Echo brought a likeness to this scripture for me. I had to refresh my memory a bit to grasp the content in prayer.

The story goes, the nymph Echo was in love with handsome Narcissus. Echo’s voice was altered due to a treachery against a goddess. She could only repeat what someone else spoke to her.

Echo finally had the courage to approach selfish Narcissus. The young man was as ugly inside as he was handsome outside. Upon their meeting Narcissus began to speak. Of course Echo repeated what he said. Narcissus was angry especially when she held him close to show him her love. He threw her to the ground stating he could never love her. Echo ran to her wooded home, wanting to die.

The gods and goddesses were affronted by Narcissus’ selfless being. They plotted a plan to make him understand the grief he had given Echo.   They filled Narcissus with the love of himself. He would fall so much in love with his own reflection in the water, he would not leave for anything or anyone. He was devastated to the disappearance of his love as his touch waved the fluid mirror away. Narcissus pined in despair and died because of his own defeated self.

God’s Word is alive! When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to share Love. We hear Him when we read but get so wrapped up in self that we turn away. We throw ourselves away from God for the pleasures of the world.

Notice that I have written we. Yes, I am just as much a sinner as everyone else. The difference is that I asked Jesus to save me from my sin. There is no broken vow on His part when we ask Him to save us. Does he need to hurl a skillet to knock some sense into us? Well, He has His own ways to remind us where He lives.

God breathed Words in the book of James tells us that we need to look at His Word intently.   This will keep His Truth in us away from the world. His Word He has given us living action in the Holy Spirit. We will love as He loves us, forgive as He forgives, and not be selfish.

We will be blessed in the doing of His Word, and not mirrored in the mire of self-indulgence.   We will not be like Narcissus, but we will be like Jesus.

Acts 17:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[a] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[b]

 

WE ARE HIS OFFSPRING        

By Joan Allen Pfeiffer

 

God created man in His likeness,

We are not trapped in sin.

The Cross-is our Savior’s victory.

Jesus suffered there to win.

 

We are His beloved offspring,

Not an image of man’s design.

Jesus has proven His offering;

Salvation of your sins and mine.

 

WE ARE ECHOES OF HIS LOVE…..

 

 PLEASE PRAY FOR 

 

THE VICTORY AT EASTER

 

(At your darkest hours, “where were you? Where did you go? His cross calls you in forgiveness and love.”)

Luke 23:32-43 (NIV)

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: 

“This is the King of the Jews,”

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[b]

43 Jesus answered him, I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

This robber who asked Jesus to remember him in His Kingdom, was never baptized. He had never done good works, he had never attended a tabernacle, and he certainly was not kind and loving to those he robbed.   Yet, he was the one who saw and believed in Jesus’ Kingdom at His last breath. He asked Jesus for forgiveness and Jesus by His grace forgave him while dying next to him.

Then: I asked Jesus, “Where were the disciples?   Where were the fishers of men? Where were those at your deepest hours to give the hope to others of Your Kingdom?”

Then this week before Easter Sunday, I found out why.  I heard the Living Word speak out the truth I had missed before.  That is what happens as we read with Him.  His Words live and breath and becomes our being.

It was written. The Old Testament has the prophecy that had to be fulfilled, like all the other truths of Jesus. So, His disciples were not supposed to be with Him.

Zechariah 13:7 and 8 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me, declares the Lord Almighty. Strike the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.”

This fulfills the Word of God for every prophecy of Jesus as answered.

Matthew 26:31 and 32 “ Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”

John 19:25-27 “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.   When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loves standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son’, and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

There is so much mockery and hate around Jesus on that cross. Do we know how that feels? Many Christians do.  Paul wrote about our sufferings for Jesus our Savior. Paul wrote he would count it all joy to suffer for Him.

Our perfect Savior suffered, He bled to death on the cross, and heard the vilest of words, and yet He still loved them all.   So can we expect any less than Jesus?   Can we expect to skip around the world’s darkness? Or do we make the Light shine?

I weep at the thought of forsaking my first love, my Jesus.  As I kneel at His cross and ask forgiveness, Jesus reminds me of His Words of Promises. Through His Love for us, we are forgiven forever.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever”. (Psalms 23:6)

Where was I? Where was I when others were suffering and needed to know Jesus?   Where was I when people just like me were in desperation? Where was I when all others around me were hungry for the Truth? Where am I now?

Jesus asks us “Where are you?”

The robber on the cross makes this scripture come alive to speak:

 Romans 5:8 (NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

There is a new song in my heart since I first heard it. The world needs this song!

You and I can sing the same!

“The Cross meant to kill, is my Victory.” By David Crowder.

JESUS is The Victory! HE LIVES!

YOUR WINGS OF THE MORNING

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Psalm 139:9-10 (KJV)

9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

The blush of the morning Sun reveals that even there, He holds your right hand. He holds you as He soars your spirits in His Joy. Even if you are afar in the unknown seas, His comfort is with you. He holds you above the squalls of the waters.

The first moment of consciousness in the dawn is Jesus. You close your eyes, and empty the sleep of sands. He waits while you cleanse your thoughts only of Him. Then, He whispers, “Good Morning, I gave you a new day”! You experience the pure love as His child with no other cares in the world.

Jesus has shown you how to find Him intimately on the “wings of the morning”.   As you personally know Him deeper, your highest desire is to share His Love with the world. Those prayers you say in a solitary place; rise to Him with a sweet aroma. He whispers in the morning dew, “Join Me, I have equipped you with all you need to become a fisher of men.”

His hand will lead and hold you on your journey.

Prayer 1. Dear Father, my first love of life, please lead me beside the still waters and restore my soul.

Prayer 2. In the quietness of my solitary place dear Lord, please whisper again the path You hold before me.

 

 

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Prayer 1. Dear Father, my first love of life, please lead me beside the still waters and restore my soul.

Prayer 2. In the quietness of my solitary place dear Lord, please whisper again the path You hold before me.

 

GOD NAMES EVERYTHING

In the beginning….

Genesis 2:8 “Now the Lord had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.”

Genesis 2:10-14 “A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.”

God names everything. Have you ever noticed that He names with Purpose? His Purpose is always living and loving. His Perfection cannot be changed ever. We are human and changeable, but our Teacher is God, He is unchangeable.

My husband likes to rename things in humor. They are always enjoyable to him. He calls our oldest daughter, LMA. “Last Minute Amy”, instead of her name, Amy. She is always late. Now we tell her that the meeting starts a whole hour earlier than it actually does. Yes, she is still late.

Years ago, instead of calling me dear or honey, he called me Mrs. P. Then our girls started calling him Mr. P. Our last name begins with a P. So after they were married, our son-in-laws started calling us by Mr. and Mrs. P. This is a nice difference from the normal mom and dad and seems special just for us.

When my first grand child tried to call me grandma, she ended up calling me “Gema”. Now all the rest of my five grand children call me that as well. It stuck! I love having a very unique name.

In the Old Testament of the Bible did you ever notice how many times God changed the names of His children? Here are a few:

Abram became Abraham because now he would be “a father of many nations”.
(Genesis 17:5)

Sarai became Sarah because now she would be “blessed as the mother of many nations”.
(Genesis 17:15)

Gideon became Jerub-Baal because he became “the Baal fighter”. (Judges 7:1)

Hadassah (sweet to righteousness) became Queen Esther “hiddeness” (Esther 2:10)

Simon Peter became Peter the “rock” of Jesus’ Church. (Matthew 16:18)

In my ladies group studying Gideon, this is a subject that came up. I asked God about the lesson of name changes. The answer sounded something like this; “Remember your name is written in My Book of Life? I have the right to name you, because I am your Father. Your parents named you because they had the right to on earth. I gave them that right. I have the right for your name in eternity with Me.”

We ladies began sharing messages of His Word to us. I spoke and shared this with them. I laughed, and asked, “Can you imagine God taking one of our Baby Name books and naming us?” They all laughed. Then I asked them, “What name do you suppose He has given us?” “What in our Purpose for Him are we following to be given a new name?”

Philippians 4:3 “Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.”

He knows my name!

THE GREAT TREE OF MOREH

TREE WITH ROOTSIn Genesis chapter 12 there is a mystery of God’s promise to Abram and all of Israel. This is the promise of His children’s nation. These earthly people are the chosen God would call His own. Canaan, the fertile region was being established.

Abram built altars there for the Lord. Building these altars honored God in reverence, prayer and worship, and reminders of God’s Promises. They provided his understanding that God centered his life. The one condition was Abram had to leave his present home and move to an unknown territory. Abram’s obedience completed the Promise God gave him. Abram’s descendants would become a great nation.

Who answers these conditions today? I can think of many pastors and missionaries who have prayed and received this calling by God. There are many others. I am sure you understand this. Even you can be called to leave or led to leave like Ruth.

Do I believe His Promise? Do I trust Him enough to calm the storm I am in? Like Peter, I have wavered and looked at the waves, keeping my eyes off of Jesus. He says, “Where are you going my child? Come to me.” He clutches my hand, and raises me up.

So on went Abram in trust of God’s Promise. He went to a tree called Moreh at the city of Shecham which has a great dealing in Scripture used again and again in reminders of God’s supremacy.

While reading this Chapter, I did not recall this tree mentioned before. I love how God opens the breathing, living Word to my heart. Today particularly I needed this.

Trees, I thought. Where else have I read about these in the Bible? Oh my goodness, so many times. (it is a great challenge for you to look for these other trees) This tree, though, I never remembered. Moreh means “teacher” in Hebrew. This was the first place in Canaan that Abram went to build the altars.

Now, we know that the trees mentioned in the Bible have many purposes in God’s Creation of them. More than we could ever imagine. From the roots of the trees to the fruits of them, God has made an inexpressible and majestic tool for His Plan. It is written! Breathe it, consume it, and taste the promises of His Hope.

Genesis 12:6 –7 “Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shecham. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’. So he built an altar there to the Lord, who appeared to him. (this is just the beginning of this great tree).
The Canaan Promise unveiled. There, God gave a place for them.

 

A RIGHT TO BE ANGRY?

 

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Jonah 4:9 (NIV)
9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the vine?”
“It is,” he said. “I am angry enough to die”.

We have often been met with a consequence where something just feels unfair. We look at others who seem to be so sinful that we cannot imagine God wanting to spare them from sin.

Jonah was such a prophet. He walked down the streets of the bloodthirsty Ninevites exclaiming, “Nineveh will be overthrown”. He believed they deserved to be destroyed because of their desire to conquer Israel.

God had a different plan. Yet, Jonah who was caught up in the belly of a fish still was sure God didn’t mean this. God was trying to show the need for Jonah’s obedience. Jonah knew what God said, but …. Oh, Oh, Jonah used the “but” word. When we say to God, “ but I know a better way”, that cannot be good.

God intended Ninevah to become an ally instead of an enemy for Israel. His plan was for them to believe in Him and worship the one true God. Jonah could not see this he did not pray for the true purpose and took his eyes off of God.

To further teach Jonah a lesson, God had a protecting vine grow around Jonah. The vine was gloriously filled with fruit and leaves. This vine, kept Jonah quite comfortable. The next morning when Jonah awoke the vine had shriveled, and once again Jonah was angry.

So then here is what God said to Jonah and us. Verse (10). “But the Lord said, “you have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. (11) But Nenevah has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”

What does this say to us? Remember this scripture?

John 15:5 Jesus says; “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”

John 15:8 Jesus says; “If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”

Jonah was not remaining in God. Jesus is saying “you need to remain in Me as the branch” to bear His fruit of purpose.

I visited a renowned vineyard in Napa, Ca some years ago. The Casa I stayed in was so Italian flavored. There was a picturesque window allowing the view of this vineyard. Now, it was late February when I was visiting. During those times the vineyard is in a resting mode. However, much to my delight I saw the furrows around the vines were blooming. There was a golden layer of blooming mustard plants thriving on the hills.

As I looked further down the hill, I noticed two people with pliers in their gloved hands pruning the vines. I wondered why they were doing this now. There was hardly anything showing on the vines but wood.

Later I met one of the gardeners and asked, “Why all the mustard and why are you pruning now?” He answered, “The mustard will be tilled in the furrows soon and provide the nutrient food for the vines to grow. This is the perfect time to prune the branches back so they will soak up the food and present a completed harvest.”

I realized later, that God was showing me His process of bearing fruit for Him. There was a time I will admit, that I became Jonah, I did not remain with Jesus. I like Jonah thought my way was better than His. Even though God did not allow a huge fish to swallow me, He still taught me how to be obedient to Him.

There is no right to be angry with God. I really do not want to use the word “but” any longer.

I will remain in Him.

THE EMBER NIGHTS

 

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I Corinthians 12:9 “to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit.” (Spiritual Gifts)

Ember is a nurse that covered many of my night times at the hospital. This time through my brain disease journey, I had two weeks of Rehabilitation. Unlike the other four surgeries I have had from this disease, I needed a little more care.

Anyone who has spent a night in the hospital knows the regime of nursing. The hours of awakening and sleeping are unlike the home you live in. This is extremely so if you have a roommate. Voila, this was my status.

Ember nights were few but so appreciated on occurrence. Her name alone should tell us that she is like a light in the night shining. The times for my medications and IV checks became so minute. Many times I never awakened at all. Refreshed in plenty of sleep, I easily started healing.

I had several roommates in two weeks. God brought them in one by one. There were ones who encouraged, the ones who were crying in pain and sorrow, and others who prayed with me in full belief of a complete healing. Ember oozed healing covering us under her wings. We became known on that tenth level as “the Fun Room”!

The nurses told us that anytime our button was pushed for help, they argued who was going to the “Fun Room”. Two ladies I am in close contact with are still surprised at the times we shared together! One attended church with us yesterday. Jesus walks with her.

We would laugh and smile, pray and sing, and drink coffee. We had treats to share, flowers around us, and we seemed to giggle like children. The other nurses would come in and start dancing around while taking our vitals. Yes, Jesus was in this room where many stopped along their way peeking in. I loved it when they would smile into our doorway saying, “You are not allowed to laugh.” They meant it in complete joy.

There was Ember floating around the several rooms while still making more time for us all. Yes, we will always be thankful for those nights with Ember. She shared so much with us. She knew God’s presence with her and is journaling about her “Glory Moments”. Now she will write them too in a journal.

Smiling is a prescription to healing.

THE THOUGHTS OF HOPE

At Christmas there are so many who face unexpected and sorrowful blows to their hearts.   Even for those of us as children of God, we have a high static of emotion.  Not only do those who do not experience that static, they are in the darkness of no hope at all.

As I visited the hospital this week for my Pre-Op tests to prepare for my brain surgery next week, God had a plan.  He gave me a poem to write just for those who He knew I would meet.  I was to share this poem with those who needed hope along with my book, “Fluttering Poems of Hope”.  They were all awaiting surgery during this Holiday Season.

There they were.  Have you ever seen such fear and darkness that permeated the air?  It was there right in front of me and all around that waiting room.  One by one, Jesus showed me His light to shine above the darkness in them.  Each one I prayed for, and each one I gave the gifts sharing Him to them.  I want to share this poem for those who need it this Christmas Season.

A PRAYER FOR FACING SURGERY

By Joan Allen Pfeiffer

Dear Jesus,

They tell me I need surgery.

Sometimes there is that fear.

Your hand grips me tighter,

And reminds me you are here.

Walk with me down the corridor,

Let me see your light.

There are others all around me,

Who did not sleep last night.

Take my selfishness away,

Open my eyes through yours.

Guide the illumination I seek,

So only the Love of you pours.

The goal of my salvation,

Is forever in my heart.

So many of the others,

Need to know Your part.

As you hold my hand dear Lord,

The Love of you enfolds.

Let me share the same,

Of what Your Promise holds.

James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from “Above” and comes down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

THE SPIRITUAL BREATH OF GOD At Christmas

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Luke 2:25-32 New International Version (NIV)
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss[a] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”

The Holy Spirit is with us throughout the Bible. He starts from the beginning in Genesis through all eternity. “Even though you have not seen Him, you love Him…..” This verse I have memorized as I Peter 1:8-9. We recognize the supernatural part of God in us.

Job 33:4 New International Version (NIV)
4 The Spirit of God has made me;
the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Prayer….oh, prayer…have you ever thought of prayer as a swirl of deep desires? These desires to spend a personal time with Jesus, are a clapboard that bridges our Love for each other.

In my prayers for a Christmas message, He brought a song to me. Then I prayed for how to accompany Holy Spirit with His Word. Now, here is a start of that result:

Luke 1:34-35 New International Version (NIV)

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God.

So here we are looking at the supernatural relevance of God releasing the Holy Spirit bringing Jesus our Savior to the world. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.   This is the Trinity all working together for Their Perfect Gift to the World. How can this be? God gave us an explanation simply said.

Isaiah 55:8 New International Version (NIV)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

The next time you are in a “pickle” and you are frightened, remember the song that Mary sings about her own. She calls on Holy Spirit, the breath of life from Heaven to help her. Jesus left us messages :

John 15:26New International Version (NIV)

The Work of the Holy Spirit

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.

 

Can any better explanation be said than the Word of Jesus? No, there are no better words than His.

John 20:22 New International Version (NIV)

22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.

 

This Christmas ask Jesus Christ our Savior to breath Holy Spirit into your life. As Masterful as our God is for all He has created in this universe, He made it very easy for us to have eternal life with Him. He paid it all through the blood of Jesus, to cover our sin that separates us from Him. You have that free choice now to ask Him to take over your life.

Romans 10:9

New International Version (NIV)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

What happens next? Jesus Christ becomes your Savior forever, He will never leave you for all eternity. He has saved you from all your sins through His forgiveness by grace.

Then the angels will rejoice!

 

 

ABOVE THE SERVICE OF SELF

 

1 Kings 3:16-28 New International Version (NIV)

16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me. 18 The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.
19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. 20 So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. 21 The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”
22 The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.”
But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king.
23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’”
24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
26 The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”
But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman.
Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
28 When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.

Isn’t it funny how some people think that they can gain something in lies? My most recent study is with a group of women about this. The book is called, “Lies Women Believe”.

In this story I wondered why they were prostitutes. Why indeed. If these women had been in a higher position with husbands, there would be no equality amongst the two of them. In this case they were already guilty of the same shame. The difference is in their heart.

Where is the wisdom when the acclaim for selfishness is masterful? Would the child cut in two be a solution? No, then both of the baby boys would have died. The mother in grief of her loss would not care about the other son. She just wanted the other mother to suffer like she did.

This could also be said about fathers and their children. It is not necessary to be blood related to call someone your mother or father. Many people develop a strong relationship without the same genetics. I have many I call family because we share a spiritual bond.

What would you do if someone said they were going to put your loved one in jail? If you knew the crime was not any part of theirs, but a lie from someone else, what would you do? You would find out who the real law-breaker was.

I am not a detective nor do I think I would be very good at the job. It seems to me if I wanted to find the accuser, I would pretend that I believed my family member was guilty. To do that you would need to turn your back on them. This must be done in secrecy to protect them during the search. Sadly, it would mean that your family member would think you lied to them and resented them.

“Well worth it,” you would say no matter how many tears were shed, because they would be free. They could hate you for the rest of your life, but they would be free. Free because of their Love. Let your life be the proof of your self-sacrifice in Love.

We all have the capability of giving “above the service of self’ as Jesus did. How many other stories are in the Bible about this one purpose? Good reading ahead of you, I think.